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Posted by MarkH on 2011/7/15 6:59:00 (1841) reads



From a Chrysler press release

Jeep® enthusiasts now have the opportunity to transform their four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a two-door pickup truck.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Mopar® JK-8 kit is $5,499. The kit, which comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty, is now available for ordering through Mopar at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram dealerships. The warranty covers kit materials and workmanship performed at a Chrysler Group dealership.

"Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are some of our most accessorized vehicles," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO, Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand. "New Jeep Wrangler owners typically spend more than $500 on Mopar accessories. For Jeep Wrangler Unlimited owners, our new Mopar JK-8 kit answers the call for even more radical customization. And it's yet another example of how Mopar will continue to support our brands with innovative features."

Prior to the introduction of the JK-8 kit, Mopar introduced numerous industry-first features including in-vehicle Wi-Fi, off-road camper trailers, vehicle-information apps and an Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS). Most recently, the brand introduced its Ram Runner off-road desert-racer kit.

Mopar first revealed its JK-8 kit at this year's Moab Jeep Safari. The kit takes cues from the popular Jeep Scrambler CJ-8 from the 1980's. Major components include a spacious 44-inch by 50-inch steel bed, inner and outer bedsides constructed from stamped sheet metal, sport bar extensions, Freedom Panel assemblies, a removable fiberglass hardtop with a sliding rear window, two fixed side windows and a fiberglass bulkhead.

Staying true to the Jeep brand, the JK-8 kit offers Jeep Wrangler Unlimited capability in the form of a mini pickup. In addition, the top may be completely removed for an open-air experience.

A special badge is featured on the left rear quarter panel of each kit, celebrating the heritage of the Jeep Scrambler CJ-8, along with design implementations that were adopted from original J-8 military Jeep pickups.

For ease of purchase, the kit is available as a single part number (77070049) with all hardware and body panels included. The kit may be purchased and installed at a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge or Ram dealership.

Conversion Process

Two processes are involved in the conversion from a four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to a two-door pickup truck: disassembly and reassembly.

In disassembly, each rear door is removed. Next, the rear-bumper assembly, hard top and Freedom Panels are removed, followed by the rear portion of the interior, which includes seats and carpeting. Exterior trim parts are removed and preserved; inner and outer body panels are removed by drilling out the spot welds, which allows the panels to fall away and avoids having to cut into the sheet metal. The rear sport bar is cut away and removed along with B-pillars.

Reassembly into a two-door pickup truck begins with installation of the B-pillars, cross member, floor-pan assembly (truck bed), and the inner and outer quarter panels (welding is involved in assembly). Next to be installed is the bulkhead reinforcement assembly and sport bar extensions, and finally the installation of the fiberglass bulkhead itself. The kit, with components delivered e-coated, is then prepped for paint. Windows are installed to the hard top, which is then installed on the vehicle. Exterior trim parts are then reinstalled.

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Renegade
Posted: 2011/7/22 2:57  Updated: 2011/7/22 2:57
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 Re: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Pickup Now Available from MOPAR
I'd rather they just make it another option and put the blasted thing together themselves. But if they're determined not to do so and committed to doing it this way (at least for the time being) it would be nice if they'd offer a Nukizer kit as well.

Granted, that would require even more modifications but they've already decided that they're not going to make it easy for us and we're going to have to pay more.

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myhotwheels22981
Posted: 2011/7/19 11:08  Updated: 2011/7/19 11:08
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By the looks of the body, panels, One probably could make a 2 door scrambler out of the 4door by just simply adding longer side panelsto the soft top (mabye some zipper extensions) but the hardware is there to extend the side panels of a Scrambler (might need a fold and tumble front seat to get in the back)....Mabye that will be the next kit...

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Posted: 2011/7/16 2:09  Updated: 2011/7/16 2:09
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Based on the parts, I suppose that in addition to the JK Pickup with the bulkhead, one could easily create a 2 Door JK Scrambler LWB, needing only longer soft-top side panels to cover the open area from the doors to the end of the tub. Then retain the seat and mabye add a 3rd row seat.

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uparms
Posted: 2011/7/15 13:10  Updated: 2011/7/15 13:11
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Total BS. Give us a third body choice. 2 door unlimited with soft/hard and hard truck top or give us a truck. As much as I hate the 4 door wrangler, I'll be damned if I would buy a used ( bad motor) or new (2012 Pentastar) and hack it up.

Total BS.

Give us a third body choice or I keep the 05 unlimited and re-power when needed from aftermarket.

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MarkH
Posted: 2011/7/15 9:44  Updated: 2011/7/15 9:52
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Not a bad "Plan B", for those of us who must have one!

Though I'd like to see it installed --from the factory-- at a sticker price for LE$$ than a base 4-door, I'd bet they still sell a lot of 'em if they priced it as a $3000 option. Listening, Mr. Manley?

Interesting TIME LAPSE VIDEO here of a 4-man MOPAR team performing the transformation, in about an hour...
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